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EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EXORCISM BUT DIDN'T KNOW QUITE WHOM TO ASK
SpiritDaily ^ | July 9, 2010 | Father Thomas J. Euteneuer

Posted on 07/09/2010 7:36:58 AM PDT by NYer

The new and highly informative book by U.S. exorcist Father Thomas J. Euteneuer might be called "everything you wanted to know about exorcism but didn't know who to ask."

Its actual title is Exorcism and the Church Militant, and in it the priest, who also heads Human Life International, covers most major aspects of deliverance from evil spirits -- the difference between a possession and an infestation, the role of laity in deliverance, development of the Church's exorcism rituals, how demons enter, the way they hide from the priest, how dioceses handle such cases, and so forth.

Want to know if during an exorcism a demon can jump from one person to another?

"Except for true victimization by people practicing evil, demons can only enter a person with his permission," writes Father Euteneuer. "That is to say, demons can be sent into other people through deliberate victimization, which is usually the result of some form of targeting of vulnerable people by others practicing the occult arts; but demons do not jump from one person to another, even in extraordinary exorcism. The exorcist must always instruct his team never, under circumstances, to invite the devil to come out of a person and into himself because it never actually helps the original victim."

We may add a caution: without proper preparation -- especially fasting -- even a priest can be vulnerable. Demons can extend their wickedness to others, for sure, and we have seen cases where priests practicing exorcism or preaching spiritual warfare themselves became infected. Usually, it can be traced to pride (which weakens our bubble of protection). All of us must be careful of that. As Father Euteneuer says, "We must always avoid the two extremes: that of believing that we are invulnerable to them and that of attributing too much power to them."

Can demons hide?

"In fact," he says, " it is rare when demons do not try to hide from the exorcist."

Should an exorcist taunt the demon?

Never.

What does the Church teach?

There is so much about that in this book that it's unfair to synopsize.

Properly presented to a bishop, claims Father Euteneuer, most requests for a solemn exorcism are granted.

The problem: many dioceses are without exorcists or have priests who believe more in a psychological explanation.

Father actually reprints the 1614 Rite of Exorcism.

Like so many others, he warns of special harm caused by contact with the occult -- and here we all need to realize that it can enter subtly through horoscope and "fun" things like fortunetellers and computer games or movies or novels.

Can practicing Christian have a demon? Yes. How many exorcists are there? As Father Jeffrey Grob of the Chicago Archdiocese has lamented in a doctoral dissertation on the subject: "It is staggering to realize that there are no more than seventeen officially appointed exorcists working in the United States. Seven dioceses have exorcists working on a case by case basis in various parts of the country."

Staggering -- or terrifying?

Jesus cast out demons constantly. Obviously, there are many, although, granted, also obviously, many cases are one of "deliverance" more than full possession necessitating solemn exorcism.

But still!

As for the tools the Church grants us:

"Sacraments and sacramentals undoubtedly protect us from the power of evil but not because they are magic," opines Father Euteneuer. "They are, rather, spiritual fountains which confer grace, provided that the recipient of these marvelous gifts uses or receives them with faith. The protection of the Church’s spiritual resources can be likened to an electrified fence around a house."


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: catholic; euteneuer; exorcism

1 posted on 07/09/2010 7:37:02 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 07/09/2010 7:37:26 AM PDT by NYer ("God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar." St. Maximilian Kolbe)
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To: NYer

We need an exorcism in the White House.


3 posted on 07/09/2010 7:38:58 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: NYer

What is a demon?

Where do they come from?


4 posted on 07/09/2010 7:50:34 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: evets

‘What is a demon?

Where do they come from?’

Check your nearest Democratic Party headquarters, union hall, Teachers Union office. They are everywhere.

The best exorcism is defunding.

Defunding has been demonstrated to transform demonic parasites into productive humans.


5 posted on 07/09/2010 7:55:58 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: mountn man

On January 20, 2013, the first thing, after ordering the borders secured, the White House will need an exorcism and a fumigation.


6 posted on 07/09/2010 8:00:37 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (The usurper 0bama regime is a "Clear and Present Danger" to AMERICA! - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: NYer

I am very fortunate. Father will be speaking at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach, Fl tonight.


7 posted on 07/09/2010 8:03:44 AM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

I’d say do the exorcism and fumigation first. An extra million mexicants won’t make a difference. But every second of demon possesion on the leadership of this nation is crucial.


8 posted on 07/09/2010 8:04:18 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: NYer

9 posted on 07/09/2010 8:09:21 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: NYer

I have been telling people for years not to mess with stuff like horoscopes and so on. I wonder if reading vampire books might allow an entry for demons.


10 posted on 07/09/2010 8:24:44 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: mountn man
We need an exorcism in the White House.
You might enjoy Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer's letter to Obama ... We Don't Believe You Mr. President if you haven't read it already.


11 posted on 07/09/2010 8:27:18 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: evets
What is a demon?

Good question. They are fallen Angels: beings who were created as good and pure as any Angel in Heaven, but who chose - of their own Free Will and in possession of all the facts - to reject God and to attack his creation.

It is dangerous to dwell on these profoundly evil beings. Their hatred and fury is greater than anything we can imagine: we hear an echo of it in the sickest ravings of the Left, but no human psychopath can compare to them.

Better to pray to Christ that we shall never know nor see them. Christ is our sure defense against their malice.

St Michael, leader of the Heavenly host, do thou by the power of God thrust down to Hell Satan and all his evil spirits who roam the world to the ruin of souls.

12 posted on 07/09/2010 8:28:31 AM PDT by agere_contra (Obama did more damage to the Gulf economy in one day than Pemex/Ixtoc did in nine months)
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To: NYer

MySpaceAnimations.comFr. Euteneuer ... and am praying for him daily ... (ty NYer)

13 posted on 07/09/2010 8:33:11 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: Paved Paradise
I have been telling people for years not to mess with stuff like horoscopes and so on. I wonder if reading vampire books might allow an entry for demons.
Yes, indeed, says Fr. Euteneuer (and Michael D. O'Brien suggests it as well) ... Link.
14 posted on 07/09/2010 8:36:30 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: agere_contra
It is dangerous to dwell on these profoundly evil beings. Their hatred and fury is greater than anything we can imagine: we hear an echo of it in the sickest ravings of the Left, but no human psychopath can compare to them.

Evil can also be transformed into light. We like to think that evil is ugly and can be readily identified.

"For such are false apostles,deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the minister of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Cor. 11:13-15).

15 posted on 07/09/2010 8:38:14 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the Indefensible. The Pride of a Pawn.)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Yes. These evil beings can certainly wrap themselves in glamor and the appearance of goodness, wonder, joy and fulfillment - no doubt about that.

They can also speak to us in, or impersonate our own internal mental monologue. And so prompt us towards acts of evil. Though as beings with Free Will our decisions are always ours.

I’d better stop there. FRiend, I want to be careful and not reflect any more upon these beings today. The same way I don’t pick at healed wounds, I’m sure you understand.

+ The Cross of Christ be between us and all danger. +


16 posted on 07/09/2010 8:53:24 AM PDT by agere_contra (Obama did more damage to the Gulf economy in one day than Pemex/Ixtoc did in nine months)
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To: NYer
I may need to read the book to see what he has to say even though we really shouldn't go seeking this information. BE CAREFUL!!!! Frequent Mass and Penance as well as Rosaries and wearing sacrimentals, particularly a Crucifix, should be part of a routine if anyone is considering reading up on or researching exorcism. What demons will try to do and do do has no limits.

As for all the warnings: a demon cannot enter without permission. Remember that. It's when you take the actual demonic, not just the play, seriously is when you get into massive trouble. I'd still avoid the Ouiji Board. That's just creepy.

17 posted on 07/09/2010 8:53:54 AM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA!)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Another thing to remember is that a lot of times manifested evil disguises itself as something good and wholesome. And, no, I’m not talking about Harry Potter.


18 posted on 07/09/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA! No relation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3cshE_HbU)
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To: Desdemona
yes, and that's why it's so important to stay in God's Word.

"Wherefore take unto the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with TRUTH, and having on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS: And your feet shod with the preparation of the GOSPEL OF PEACE; Above all, taking the shield of FAITH, wherewith yeah shall be able to to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is THE WORD OF GOD:" (Eph. 6:13-17).

19 posted on 07/09/2010 9:08:36 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the Indefensible. The Pride of a Pawn.)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

I’ve seen evil wrap itself in the Word, so you have to be careful.


20 posted on 07/09/2010 9:37:58 AM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA! No relation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3cshE_HbU)
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To: mountn man

Ha! My first thought exactly!


21 posted on 07/09/2010 9:48:53 AM PDT by greatplains
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To: Desdemona

I’ve seen that adding to or taking from God’s Word is when evil is allowed in. that and the ‘yea, hath God said’ question of the originator of evil!


22 posted on 07/09/2010 9:53:53 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the Indefensible. The Pride of a Pawn.)
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To: NYer
Deliverance

Another Deliverance

A Very Dramatic Deliverance.

23 posted on 07/09/2010 10:21:00 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Luther was possessed, eh. Well, that explains a lot. ;)


24 posted on 07/09/2010 10:26:07 AM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA! No relation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3cshE_HbU)
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To: Desdemona
Wow! Just my thoughts too. I like you.

"I’ve seen that adding to or taking from God’s Word is when evil is allowed in. that and the ‘yea, hath God said’ question of the originator of evil!"

The Ex-Monk Mad man took old testament books out of the Bible, Also tried to continue the madness by taking out the book of James and Revelation. Truly madness!

25 posted on 07/09/2010 11:10:07 AM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: NYer
I will definitely buy a copy asap. But an article Fr. Euteneuer wrote on the subject some months ago left me with grave doubts. It was something along the lines of "I just completed a very long and difficult exorcism -- it took four hours."

Anyone familiar with Fr. Malachi Martin's discussions on exorcisms would know that for Fr. Martin, that would be an extremely short exorcism, with a high probability of recidivism.

26 posted on 07/09/2010 1:54:00 PM PDT by Dajjal (Justice Robert Jackson was wrong -- the Constitution IS a suicide pact.)
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To: Dajjal

Perhaps the last session lasted four hours?


27 posted on 07/09/2010 1:55:16 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: johngrace
The Ex-Monk Mad man took old testament books out of the Bible, Also tried to continue the madness by taking out the book of James and Revelation. Truly madness!

He added phrases and took a few out as well.

28 posted on 07/09/2010 2:36:42 PM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA! No relation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3cshE_HbU)
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To: Dajjal

FOUR HOURS! That’s ALL???? Father Amorth always said they took 10-12 and you needed one for each demon. Since they travel in packs, it’s not unusual for an individual to need four or five separate exorcisms for a single infestation.


29 posted on 07/09/2010 2:39:28 PM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA! No relation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3cshE_HbU)
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To: NYer

BUMP (in the night...)


30 posted on 07/09/2010 2:41:17 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: evets

“What is a demon?

Where do they come from?”

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According to the epistles of Enoch, they are the disembodied spirits of the offspring of unions between the fallen angels and women.

They are definitely not the fallen angels themselves.
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31 posted on 07/09/2010 2:57:45 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: NYer

I just got back from Father’s lecture. What a wonderful, engaging speaker he is. I strongly recommend seeing him if anyone gets the chance.


32 posted on 07/09/2010 6:42:13 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Desdemona
Another thing to remember is that a lot of times manifested evil disguises itself as something good and wholesome. And, no, I’m not talking about Harry Potter.
I read Michael D. O'Brien's book on Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture, and thought it gave some good information on how the devil wiggles himself into the lives of countless children through "fantastic" films and books, not to mention their parents. Graduating from Harry Potter, one goes to Twilight, and now there are kids who actually are biting one another instead of kissing ... Link.
33 posted on 07/10/2010 10:58:19 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: lastchance
I just got back from Father’s lecture. What a wonderful, engaging speaker he is. I strongly recommend seeing him if anyone gets the chance.
Fr. Euteneuer is a saint-in-the-making. I would love to hear him speak. What was his talk about? How many people were in attendance?
34 posted on 07/10/2010 11:01:16 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
The objection to Harry Potter is "the glamorization of witchcraft", truth be told. Even Fr. Amorth said that. Charmed, Bewitched, Freaky Friday, The Shaggy Dog, and a variety of other presentations did the same thing and there wasn't nearly the outcry and they made it look more normal, not it's own little world.

I think it's interesting that fantasy, but not sci-fi fantasy is an issue. I don't remember any outcry over Star Wars and feeling the force flow. Good Heavens when Yoda gets the X-wing fighter out of the swamp without anything but the force....

But that wasn't what I was referring to. I was really thinking in terms of destruction of the family and all the assorted language that attacks the transmission of life such as "protected" and "safe" and "planning", etc.

35 posted on 07/10/2010 11:17:47 AM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA! No relation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3cshE_HbU)
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To: Desdemona
Star Wars had a hero, though. Harry Potter, on the other hand, was rewarded for breaking the rules and lying. I like this from an article on Fr. Euteneuer:
‘I’m very set against Harry Potter,’ he said. ‘It’s pumping into our children’s minds the language and imagery of the occult. It’s extremely spiritually dangerous.’

He also called attention to a growing fascination with the cult of the vampire, especially through the popularity of books and movies like Twilight, where the main character falls in love with a vampire.

‘I predict that in the next 10 years or so, we’ll see an explosion of occult activity,’ said Fr. Euteneuer. ‘The number of soft-core occultism in the form of things like Harry Potter, Wicca and the New Age is on the increase. These are the gateways to the hardcore stuff. Ask any inner-city police department if they’re seeing evidence of Satanism. They’re organizing whole task forces to deal with crimes having to do with these things. As society becomes more faithless, this wickedness comes and fills the vacuum.’” --John P. Connolly, The Bulletin

36 posted on 07/10/2010 11:38:41 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
So, Buffy the Vampire Slayer meant nothing? Vampires are somewhat darkly romantic. Always have been, probably always will be. Twilight, whatever that is, certainly isn't unique. Lost Boys, From Dusk Til Dawn, Angel, etc., preceded it.

Harry Potter is rewarded for breaking the rules? That's an objection? He does an awful lot of heroism to not be a hero. He does get detention in every book and in the end, he isn't the one to kill the bad guy. Didn't mean to spoil it for you if you didn't know that. I can see where the glamorization issue would be a concern if it isn't thoroughly explained that this is fantasy. I'd be more worried about Ouiji Boards which are based on actual occult practices than a world that's made up and uses a lot of western European mythological imagery.

It just seems like the massive vitriol is kind of chicken little-ish. There's other things out there that are far more sinister.

37 posted on 07/10/2010 5:31:27 PM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA! No relation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3cshE_HbU)
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To: Desdemona
You'd have to refer to what Fr. Euteneuer and Michael D. O'Brien have said in regard to Potter. They are much more aware of how destruction of the soul can take place. Also the Pope was against Potter and other fantastical movies/books. I've provided quotes on Euteneuer I think, but there's much more online. O'Brien's Web site is here. His book was a real eye-opener for me, however, I've always been a bit skeptical over the Potter series, ever since our spiritually dry priest gave it the thumbs up.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its ilk were all lead-ins to deeper occult stuff. The devil would never go from Ozzie and Harriet to late-term abortion all in the period of a year or two. He takes small steps just like the boiled frog story ...
38 posted on 07/10/2010 5:46:19 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
Considering that Ozzie and Harriet had one of their granddaughter's birth certificate altered to make it look like she wasn't conceived before her parents' wedding, I wouldn't use them as an example to emulate.

In spiritual warfare, I'm beginning to believe that the fictional stuff is more a bunch of red herrings than anything. There's actual real demonic practices out there and it's been around for a lot longer and that's the stuff that, for me anyway, attracts trouble which is why I stay away from doing any sort of seeking info even if it's in preparation for defending the Church. I had to quit and the subject in question at that point was freemasonry.

39 posted on 07/10/2010 6:00:52 PM PDT by Desdemona (VIVA ESPANA! No relation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3cshE_HbU)
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To: mlizzy

He spoke on how exorcism is not at all like shown in popular culture. The main focus of his talk was not exorcism but on the coming battle facing all Christians. He said this is evidenced by the increase of acceptance of the occult. Whether in actual practice or in movies and books that gloss over this and make it attractive. He said this is evidenced by the increase acceptance of immoral teachings and practice.

He emphasized the necessity for humility and complete reliance on Christ in spiritual warfare. And he reminded us of that frequent reception of the sacrament of confession and the Eucharist will give us Grace.


40 posted on 07/11/2010 1:01:53 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: lastchance
What a beautiful summary! I've read it three times. I feel so fortunate to have lived in the times of -- to name a few -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Fr. John A. Hardon, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict, Fr. John Corapi, (lesser known but spiritually powerful) Fr. Mark Kirby, and of course, Fr. Tom. If anyone ever fears Christ isn't helping us, they can look to these people and realize He never truly left us. He lives on through the Eucharist and through His saints on earth ...

Thanks again! Prayers for Fr. Euteneuer and all other priests ...
41 posted on 07/11/2010 2:11:39 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: Desdemona
Considering that Ozzie and Harriet had one of their granddaughter's birth certificate altered to make it look like she wasn't conceived before her parents' wedding, I wouldn't use them as an example to emulate.
Yipes! I didn't mean to send that message. That's why I said, "The devil would never go from Ozzie and Harriet to late-term abortion all in the period of a year or two ..."

There was no TV (from Christ) that I can remember in the 50s except for Archbishop Sheen's program, "Life is Worth Living."
42 posted on 07/11/2010 2:33:40 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: Desdemona

I should make myself more clear; the gathering of information on the occult/freemasonry is to be avoided always! The devil wants people to either seek him out (through curiosity on these subjects) or avoid him (by not praying him away via the Sacraments and the Rosary). Both accomplish the same destruction.


43 posted on 07/11/2010 3:07:51 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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